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Rospotrebndzor reports 21 Salmonella cases in St. Petersburg

Timely official recognition of outbreaks of foodborne illness is pretty rare in Russia. But the Russian Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing or “Rospotrebndzor” is reporting that salmonella has sickened 21 students and staff at a St. Petersburg school. Rospotrebndzor reports 17 of the 21 confirmed cases of Salmonella are… Continue Reading

Four McDonald’s Restaurants Closed in Moscow Following Alleged Food Safety Complaints

Four McDonald’s restaurants in Moscow have been temporarily closed by Russia’s consumer watchdog agency known as Rospotrebnadzor, which claimed that the company had violated several sanitary laws. Rospotrebnadzor also announced that unscheduled visits would be made to McDonald’s outlets in the Urals in central Russia. McDonald’s officials said they were checking into the complaints and hoped to reopen… Continue Reading

Do Russians Know More Than Americans When it Comes to Food Safety?

Rapid-fire question: You have a raw, whole chicken or turkey. Do you wash it in the sink before cooking it, or do you stick it straight in the oven unwashed? If you chose to wash it first — the wrong answer — you’re more likely to be an American than a Russian. And you’re even… Continue Reading

Virus Scare Causes Russia to Suspend U.S. Pig Imports

Concerned over the spread of of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) in U.S. pig populations, Russia announced last week it was suspending U.S. imports of live pigs effective May 30, Reuters reports. The disease has already killed roughly 10 percent of the U.S. pig population and is reportedly spreading across other countries such as Mexico, Canada, China… Continue Reading

Lost Meat Sales to Russia Over Ractopamine Costing Millions, Not Billions

The ban on U.S. pork and beef exports to Russia over ractopamine is costly for American producers, but not as much as was recently reported by the U.S. Ambassador. U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul told a Moscow business newspaper that the year-old ban had cost America’s pork and beef industries $4-5 billion. The ban… Continue Reading

Russian Herring Fillets Recalled for Listeria Contamination

Zip International Group, LLC, of Edison, NJ, is recalling herring fillets due to Listeria contamination. The recalled herring fillet in oil is a product of Russia and was sold to retail grocery stores in New York state between Nov. 1 and Nov. 14. The 400-gram plastic package has a best-by date of 18/01/2014 and UPC code of 4607095500208…. Continue Reading

Imports and Exports: The Global Beef Trade

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture updated the nation’s stance on beef imports with regard to bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), the fatal affliction in cattle commonly known as “Mad Cow Disease.” The U.S. is moving to adopt international standards set forth by the World Organization for Animal Health, which bases trade policies on… Continue Reading

Senators Urge U.S. Trade Rep to Resolve Russian Ractopamine Ban

Thirty-three U.S. senators from livestock states, including Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Thad Cochran (R-MS), chairwoman and ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, on Tuesday sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk urging him to “quickly address” Russia’s recent ban on all U.S. beef, pork and turkey over residues of ractopamine, an animal… Continue Reading